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Related News Archive: 2016

The Passage of WRDA 2016

By: Isamar Escobar, EIT Back in March of this year, ASCE members from across the nation travelled to Washington D.C. to meet with their state legislators. Each year, ASCE selects specific issues, which generally have active bill in the House and/or Senate. More »

Independence Day

By: Ken G. Bui, PE, M.ASCE As I reflect on our Independence Day – July 4th, I am very grateful for America … as one talk radio host would say: “the greatest country on God’s Green Earth!” ... Our Government Relations Committee, following the lead of Society, is reaching out to local and state elected officials to advocate for infrastructure spending.  We recognize the need for the nation, as a whole, to invest in our infrastructure … to maintain, as well as expand, and stay “the greatest country on God’s Green Earth!”  Please stay informed and work with Society to be advocates for infrastructure. More »

California's Road User Charge Pilot

As I travel around throughout California, I notice that the road conditions change drastically from one area to the next. In 2012, ASCE Region 9 released it’s most recent California Infrastructure Report Card giving Transportation a C- letter grade. At the time of the report, the California Streets and Roads Needs Assessment rated the overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI) across the state to be just 66 on a 100 point scale. Assuming funding levels would remain steady, Caltrans projected continued deferred maintenance and preservation activities would result in the PCI would dropping to 54 and the funding shortfall to increase from $39.1 billion to $63.6 billion by 2020. By Steven L. King, P.E. More »

ASCE Legislative Fly-In

By: Isamar Escobar On March 15-16, ASCE’s annual Legislative Fly-In took place in Washington D.C. and included a pre-conference Younger Member Program, a legislative briefing facilitated by ASCE Government Affairs, and constituent visits with state legislators. The two-day event consisted of 200 ASCE representatives from 49 states, including ASCE leadership, general members, and younger members - with several attending from the ASCE OC Branch! More »

When Disaster Strikes

Recent flooding in Texas and earthquakes in both Ecuador and Japan remind us that disasters can happen at any moment. The aftermath of these tragic events highlights the need to be prepared and to have a plan in place when disaster strikes. By Steven King, P.E. More »

Engineers Participate in Local Government!

By John Hamilton Consider this a call for engineers to become more involved in local governments. The need is obvious, the benefits plentiful, and the abundant support may surprise you. As an engineer who has donated my time towards assisting a local government, I would like to accentuate the plea from Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, as he calls for support: "Engineers – speak up and get involved.  . . . Does it make sense to have a lawyer be the decision-maker as to what kind of heart surgery a patient has? Or how to address the challenge of producing clean energy?  Or to deal with environmental change?  Or to create jobs in a high-tech economy? No, it doesn’t make sense to have people without a technical background serve as the sole decision-makers on substantially technical issues.” More »

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